Experienced bassist/pianist available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I started playing piano as a young child, and bass while in high school. I have been unable to put down either since! I structure my lessons around what students want to, while also helping them build a strong musical foundation. I teach electric bass, upright bass, piano, and other keyboard instruments (organ, synthesizer, etc.). The main genres I cover are rock, blues, pop, funk, and jazz, but am also capable of teaching classical, latin, folk, country, and many other styles. I utilize a number of texts in my lessons, including, but not limited to, method books by Simandl, Ray Brown, and Rufus Reid, an etude collection by John Pattitucci, and a latin method by Oscar Stagnaro. The following materials are available at my studio: amp, basses, cables, effect pedals, recording equipment, manuscript paper, and more. Piano lessons are conducted at the student's home.
I picked up the bass during high school, and performed in the school's jazz ensemble, guitar ensemble, orchestra, symphonic band, and percussion ensemble. These groups help me establish foundational skills on both bass guitar and upright bass, and provided me with an understanding of the prevalence and diversity of bass in many types of music. In 2011, I began studying music at the University of Utah, and graduated in December 2014 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. During that time, I was able to study under the best musicians in Utah, exploring numerous areas of music, including theory, history, composition, recording, performance technique, and many more. It was during this time that I established my private studio, as well as began teaching at the Granger School of Music in Park City, where I also help develop music courses for high school credit.
I have had the pleasure of playing in many different bands and ensembles for over 10 years. During this time, I have played throughout Utah and surrounding states, embarked on a handful of tours, appeared on TV and radio, and participated in multiple recording projects. Recent projects include Hot House West, Crook & The Bluff, and Charles Ellsworth.
Crook & The Bluff is a western, psychedelic blues band based in Salt Lake City, UT. Through a skyline of amps, a labyrinth of pedals, and a rhythm section that looms on the horizon like that of an imminent lightning storm, this four piece creates a sound that is at times as colossal as the canyons their home state Utah is carved with, yet like the howling breeze in the twilight hours becomes as intimate as sharing a bottle of bourbon beside the fire. Their blend of psychedelia, blues, and folk coalesces into a singular, definitive feeling of the American West.
Charles Ellsworth is a singer-songwriter from Salt Lake City, UT, now based in Brooklyn, NY who regularly works and tours with other musicians. Kevin began working with Charles in 2014, recording bass on a full length album, live studio album, and a 4 song EP. He also assisted in the production of several tracks on these projects. In addition to recording, Kevin has also toured through the Midwest and Intermountain West with Charles in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Notable performances at The State Room, Cisero's, and Bar Deluxe.
Kevin has been teaching at The Granger School of Music in Park City, UT since 2014. He currently offers private instruction on guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, mandolin, and banjo to a diverse selection of students. In addition to teaching, Kevin is also a student band coach, and one of the resident recording engineers.
Hot House West is the premier gypsy jazz band in the American West. The band was founded by Kevin Schultz (bass), Nathan Royal (guitar), and James Martak (guitar). The group plays jazz music in the style of Django Reinhardt, and is also influenced by other jazz greats, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and others. The band can be found regularly at Stein Eriksen Lodge during the winter, as well as Bar-X in Salt Lake City throughout the year. Other contributing members include Tom Young (trumpet), Matthew Lima (saxophone), Brian Keegan (trombone). Notable performances at The State Room, SCERA Shell, Rose Wagner Theatre, and KUER.
Electric Cathedral is a high-energy, virtuosic rock trio founded by Kevin Schultz (bass/vocals), Ryan Arnold (guitar/vocals), and Jake Gloschat (drums/vocals). The group takes inspiration from the music of the '60s and '70s, namely The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, Pink Floyd, Robin Trower, and many others. Electric Cathedral has performed throughout Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Notable performances at Urban Lounge, The Complex, and Park City Television.